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L.A. Woman [40th Anniversary Edition]

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    The Doors Visible Evolution in Making L.A. Woman

    One of the fun things about school used to be writing compare and contrast papers on subjects and maybe that's what The Doors are offering in "L.A. Woman, the 40th Anniversary Edition." This two disc set has the original "L.A. Woman" album as it appeared in 1971, although the songs are remastered they're not the 2007 remastered/remixed versions.

    The first disc is the "L.A. Woman" we all know and love and doesn't need to be reviewed 40 years on. "L.A. Woman" has been well defined, The Doors blues album, Jim Morrison's farewell ode to L.A. and a rock album that, without any hyperbole (or very little) was almost instantly a rock "classic" album.

    The fun in listening to "L.A. Woman, the 40th Anniversary Edition" is disc 2 with the alternate takes, false starts, and the studio chatter between The Doors its clear they were having a lot of fun recording "L.A. Woman." In the alternate versions its interesting to see how the now classic songs evolved and sounded different, and even changed from take to take, Morrison changing lyrics and even his delivery between takes, and how musically even some of the phrasing was different from the final versions, especially in an album that was recorded within a short period of time. The addition of "She Smells so Nice", which sounds like a Grateful Dead jam and not a Doors song, but it's a carefree blues romp with absolutely no pretensions that segues into "Rock Me" a standard The Doors played a lot live.

    If you don't mind the inclusion of another remastered album "L.A. Woman, the 40th Anniversary Edition" is a five star recommendation that you'll find yourself listening to years from now, just like the original.

    Jim Cherry writes The Doors Examiner.

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